Most artists prefer to draw on a graphics tablet by connecting it to the PC, but what if you could draw directly on your laptop screen through a digital pen? Would not it be easier and more accurate? Today, there are laptops with high-resolution, color-accurate touch screens and digital pressure-sensitive pens that offer the same accuracy as graphics tablets. That’s why I compiled a list of best laptops for drawing in 2019.
What are the essential features to consider when choosing a laptop for drawing?
In general, you will have to turn to a laptop having a high-resolution touch screen, equipped with a different stylus with different pressure level. Plus, you also need a laptop powerful enough to run your favorite drawing software in a smooth fashion. This computer will have to be portable (light) and versatile to be able to use it comfortably and lug it anywhere.
|1||Microsoft Surface Pro||Intel Core i5||8 GB RAM|
|2||Microsoft Surface Go||Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y||8 GB RAM|
|3||Lenovo Yoga 920||Intel Core i7-8550U||16 GB RAM|
|4||Microsoft Surface Book 2||Intel Quad Core i7||16 GB RAM|
|5||Dell XPS 13||Intel Core i7-7Y75||8 GB RAM|
|6||HP Spectre X360||Intel i7-8550U||16GB DDR4|
|7||Lenovo Flex 5||Intel Core i5||8 GB RAM|
Finding a laptop with all the features mentioned above is not easy, but there are a few!
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Here they are.
Top 8 Best Laptops For Drawing in 2019
1 – Microsoft Surface Pro – Best Laptop for Drawing
Boasting an attractive resolution of 2736 x1824 resolution and a 12.3-inch screen, Surface Pro admittedly looks similar to that of Surface Pro 4. However, the touchscreen has been improved considerably. Apart from this, the edges are more rounded as compared to the Surface Pro 4. One more difference that speaks loudly is the improved hinge angle for better studio mode.
The laptop is covered with Alcantara fabric, which makes it a bit unfriendly to be placed on the lap.
With specs boasted by Microsoft Surface, you should not expect heavy performance from it as compared to a high-end laptop. However, it does top the list in 2-in-1s available out there. The model which I am reviewing comes loaded with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM. Moreover, it contains a GPU of Intel Iris and HD graphics with a 7th Gen Core i5 processor.
Microsoft Surface wins the portability contest. It is super portable and lightweight. I mean carrying 1.7 lbs(0.8 kg) around and that too as slim (0.33-inches) as this device is not a drag, is it?
One of the biggest features of Microsoft has offered on this laptop is Surace Pen. It has been made more sensitive to pressure, which is a great thing for illustrators. So, if you’d like to do that along with completing your studies, it should work for you just fine.
For typing, the ergonomic keyboard has been styled to accommodate comfort and convenience. However, for connecting devices, there is only one USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, a microSDXC card reader, and a mic/headphone jack.
Microsoft has managed to make space for a 20% larger battery in this model than the previous ones. This means nothing but an improvement in the overall battery timing. As opposed to the claims made by the makers, though, it lasts between 6 to 7 hours.
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2. Microsoft Surface Go – Best Budget Laptop For Drawing
If you are a student and looking for a premium 2 in 1 laptop, then I must say the Microsoft Surface Go is one of the best choices you have right now in this list. You may have heard about the Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices which costs a lot but the Surface Go only $550 and I think it is worth considering before buying any other laptop.
The Microsoft Surface Go comes with 10-inch PixelSense Display which has very good color accuracy. The sRGB rating of this display is 97% whereas the Adobe RGB has 76% ratings. At this price, I think this a great display.
Microsoft has offered a kickstand for this laptop which makes it easy for you to view the screen clearly and type without making any mistake. But one thing which I personally don’t like about this laptop is, you need to buy the type cover (an i.e combination of keyboard+ trackpad) separately which will cost you $100.
You’ll be getting 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM on this machine. The processor you will find on this laptop is Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y. You need to keep in mind that this is not a desktop replacement or a workstation laptop. It is mainly aimed at a productivity tool for students and lightweight users.
Even in premium laptops, it is very hard to find a laptop with a decent webcam but Microsoft has managed to deliver this laptop with a good webcam. This might be a surprising thing for many peoples. The ports you’ll find on this machine are a Micro SD card slot and USB Type-C.
The laptop weighs only 1.15 lbs (0.5 kg) and it is the lightest laptop on this entire list. You don’t need to own a laptop bag to carry this laptop anywhere.
The battery life on this ultrabook is between 6-7 hours with moderate usage which is not bad at all.
The Microsoft Surface Go is undoubtedly one of the best 2 in 1 laptop under $600 you can get hands on right now.
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3 – Lenovo Yoga 920 Drawing Laptop With Pen
Lenovo has hit the digital art world with its latest model, the Lenovo Yoga 920. Usability, portability, and aesthetics are some of the unique aspects of this notebook.
Speaking of device specifications, it features a 13.9-inch UPS IPS multi-point display and a built-in webcam. The device is powered by the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with a huge amount of 16GB RAM. Storage on the device is supported by up to 1TB SSD storage.
The device offers a superb 4K display in its high-end variant and comes with the Active Pen 2 which is as comfortable as a normal pen to use. The pen also has 4,096 levels of sensitivity.
The device is multiform and can be used in several modes according to user preferences, like the Microsoft Surface Book 2.
4 – Microsoft Surface Book 2“Professional’s Choice“
For artists, who are not limited by the budget, Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is one of the best options available for drawing. Building on comfort, Surface Book 2 can be used in 4 different configurations, which distinguishes it from other laptops on the market.
The camera is built using high-end materials and lightweight, which is an asset for highly mobile artists. The drawing or painting is made easy in its Studio mode with the Surface Pen functions and the Microsoft Surface Dial.
The device is also capable of handling resource-intensive programs such as Photoshop, Gimp or Illustrator. The new surface stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity is provided, but the Surface Dial for its part must be purchased separately.
The device is available in two sizes: 13.5 inches and 15 inches. Both embark on an excellent Pixelsense 3000 x 2000 (267 PPP) screen, perfect for digital work.
On the hardware side, you have the choice between a 7th generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor or an 8th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB SSD, Some models even come with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU if you opt for the 15-inch model.
In view of all its qualities, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is one of the best laptops for drawing.
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5- Dell XPS 13 – Best 2-in-1 Laptop for Drawing
The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best 2-in-1 convertible notebooks of the moment.
Like other laptops in this category, they can be used in multiple modes depending on the convenience of the user. The Dell XPS 13 is known worldwide for being the world’s smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 notebook with an InfinityEdge touchscreen. The screen offers a virtually unparalleled viewing experience and beautiful detail with its crisp QHD resolution.
The laptop is available in several variants and can be customized according to the needs of the user. Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with up to 16GB of RAM, and for storage, the user has the option to choose between 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage.
On the graphics side, the integrated Intel HD is powerful enough to handle drawing applications on the device.
The laptop comes with a 360-degree hinge for four flexible positions – tablet, tent, laptop and stand mode – so you can watch, work or surf the way you want. The device comes with a big battery that can go up to 15 hours on a single charge, very valuable during long trips.
However, the Dell Active Stylus is not the best you can get for drawing. It supports just 2048 levels of pressure, half the size of Lenovo’s Surface Pen and Active Pen 2.
I recommend buying another compatible stylus with better pressure sensitivity to draw in the best possible conditions.
6– HP Spectre X360 15-inch Convertible Laptop
The HP Specter X360 is probably one of the most beautiful laptops in the segment and offers fantastic build quality and aesthetics.
This laptop is beautiful from every angle, but does it work equally well for our use, that is, for the design, design, and purpose of art?
Like most other notebooks on the list, the Specter X360 is also a convertible notebook with 360-degree hinges and can, therefore, be used in four different modes, including tablet mode, like most designers and artists.
In addition, the notebook comes with the Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card which offers excellent visual effects in its virtually borderless 15-inch UHD display, and also provides a fluid drawing experience with the HP Active Pen (included in the box).
The laptop runs on Windows 10 and is powered by an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor paired with 8/12/16 GB of RAM depending on which variant you choose. The device comes with various storage options, and it can be customized according to the needs of the user. Overall, the HP Specter X360 remains one of the best laptops for design and delivers impeccable performance at the same time, without compromising appearance and form factor.
7. Lenovo Flex 5 – Best Laptop For Beginning Artists
So, the last laptop on this list is again from Lenovo. I have to warn you again that it’ll cost you slightly more than $600 but it is powerful and worth considering for sure.
The Lenovo Flex 5 is best for those who want to dip their toes into digital art before diving into the deep end. With spectacular specifications for an amazing price, you’ll be hard pressed to find the best beginner’s laptop for the casual artist.
The Lenovo Flex 5 comes with a 14-inch display which has very good viewing angles and colors are bright on this display. It comes with a 360-degree hinge which means you can use the laptop from any angle you want.
You are getting 128GB SSD and 8GB DDR4 RAM which I think perfectly suitable for everyday usage. Along with that, Lenovo has offered the Intel Core i5 processor as CPU and Intel Graphics 620 Integrated GPU. Apart from everyday usage, you can also perform some heavy demanding tasks such as a photo or video editing, playing games, etc.
The laptop also comes with other variants but it will cost you more than $700 so you need to keep this in mind.
This is the second laptop in this list which comes with a Fingerprint reader. You can always use the Windows hello feature to unlock your laptop quickly with this fingerprint reader. This is a really good feature in my opinion.
The laptop weighs 3.7 lbs (1.7 kg) and it is the heaviest laptop on this list. Though it is slightly heavy compared to the above laptops still I think it is fairly portable. If you feel it is heavy, then a laptop bag may do the job for you.
And lastly, the battery life. Lenovo claims that it can last up to 10 hours but it is not the same case in real life. The average battery life you can expect on this laptop is 5 hours which is decent I would say.